CANNON MONTH 2: Evil Angels (1988)

Remember when Family Guy did Dingo and the Baby? Well, this is the movie about the real story. How does Cannon figure in? While  Roadshow Entertainment distributed this film in Austalia and Warner Brothers handled this in the U.S., Cannon had the worldwide rights. You may have seen this under its international title, A Cry In the Dark.

Directed by Fred Schepisi (The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, RoxanneIceman and Six Degrees of Separation), who co-wrote the movie with Robert Caswell, and based on the book Evil Angels by John Bryson, this movie stars Meryl Streep and Sam Neill as Lindy and Michael Chamberlain.

During a barbecue, their two-month-old daughter Azaria was sleeping in a tent when a dingo stole her and devoured her. Even when the couple are cleared of any crime, public opinion turns against them and rumors of them being Satanists — they were Seventh-day Adventists — and sacrificing their daughter begin to spread.

This court of public outrage ends up turning into an actual trial and Lindsay goes to jail, only to be later cleared when the police find the jacket that her daughter had been wearing with teeth holes all over it. Lindsay was seen as unlikeable, which doesn’t mean guilty, but feelings too often are more important than empirical evidence.

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